Disaster & Management

UK trials new COVID-19 smartphone app, includes Indian language versions

Facts       Aug 13, 2020

London:  The UK began trials of a new smartphone app on Thursday designed to track COVID-19 infections within the community, with versions also available in Indian languages such as Punjabi, Gujarati, Bangla and Urdu in order to reach ethnicities not well-versed in English. The new...

UK life insurers pay 90 million pounds in COVID-19 claims - trade body

International News       Aug 13, 2020

  LONDON:  British life insurers paid 90 million pounds in claims related to deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic in the three months to end-May, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said on Thursday. Insurers received 7,000 life insurance claims from families of people who died from...

Business owners can sue insurer over coronavirus losses, US judge rule

International News       Aug 13, 2020

  Missouri: A federal judge in Missouri said on Wednesday a group of hair salons and restaurants can sue their insurance carrier for business interruption losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which they say caused a “direct physical loss” to their premises. The decision against Cincinnati...

India reports a record 66,999 Covid-19 cases and 942 deaths, Over 1.28 Cr PPEs, given to states,UTs by Centre for free

Indian News       Aug 13, 2020

New Delhi,  India has reported a record 66,999 Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 942 deaths in the last 24 hours.The Covid-19 tally in the country has risen to 23,96,638 including 6,53,622 active cases,16,95,982 discharged & 47,033 deaths: Ministry of Health. The total number of samples...

Zydus Cadila launches India's cheapest remdesivir version at $37 per vial

Indian News       Aug 13, 2020

BENGALURU: Zydus Cadila on Thursday launched the cheapest generic version of Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir in India to treat COVID-19 following reports of shortages at hospitals in the world’s third-worst hit nation. Zydus has priced it at 2,800 rupees ($37.44) per 100mg vial. It...

Last doctor standing: Pandemic pushes Indian hospital to brink

Facts       Aug 13, 2020

  BHAGALPUR: Guards armed with rifles escort Dr. Kumar Gaurav as he makes the rounds at his hospital on the banks of the Ganges River. The guards are there to protect him from the relatives of patients, including those suffering from COVID-19. The relatives keep barging...

Munich Re among insurers facing ‘Major’ Beirut blast losses

International News       Aug 13, 2020

Some of the world’s biggest reinsurers are bracing for potential losses running into tens of millions of euros after last week’s explosion that ravaged much of downtown Beirut. Property damage alone from the blast, which killed more than 150 people and triggered the collapse of...

China's Shenzhen says chicken imported from Brazil tests positive for coronavirus

International News       Aug 13, 2020

  BEIJING/SHANGHAI:  A sample of frozen chicken wings imported into the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen from Brazil has tested positive for coronavirus, the city government said in a notice on Thursday. Local disease control centres tested a surface sample taken from the chicken wings as...

Directors' liability insurance rates surge on virus litigation fears

International News       Aug 12, 2020

  Premiums for directors’ and officers’ liability insurance surged in the second quarter, broker Marsh said on Monday, as insurance underwriters fear the coronavirus pandemic will lead to hefty litigation claims. Premiums for directors’ liability insurance, known as D&O, in Britain rose by more than 100%,...

World reaction to Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

International News       Aug 12, 2020

  The first batch of the Russian vaccine against Covid-19 is expected to be released within two weeks, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Russian Health Ministry registered the first coronavirus vaccine in the world. The vaccine, named Sputnik V, was developed...

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